UAMS Gets $400K to Continue Diabetes Study in Pandemic

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences researchers have received a $400,000 grant that will allow them to continue their previously funded type 2 diabetes prevention education project at rural UAMS Regional Campus Family Medical Centers.

The additional money will be used to purchase an iPad for each study participant, funding the use of interactive video during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project previously received a five-year, $3.73 million Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant. The research team is led by Pearl McElfish, vice chancellor for the UAMS Northwest Campus.

The PCORI-funded study involves 600 people with type-2 diabetes and 600 family members. It will compare the team’s Diabetes Self-Management Education models — one for individuals and one for families.